Sefcik, fourth-quarter surge lifts Morristown-Beard

By Mark Kitchin

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There was constant action around the Morristown-Beard cage but goalkeeper Matt Sefcik took it all in and was prepared for it. This was the type of activity he missed last season when the Crimson and the Morristown Colonials hooked up. He wasn’t going to be cheated again.

Andrew Callahan had a hat trick and Teddy Hatfield scored two goals to lift Morristown-Beard to a 7-4 triumph over Morristown High in boys lacrosse on Friday.

Chris Glancey and Trevor Baptiste also connected for the Crimson (6-4). Dan DeLargy scored twice and Joe Murphy and Bradley Greik added goals for the Colonials (3-6).

Sophomore keeper Sefcik, who made eight saves, and the Morristown-Beard man-down team were crucial to the victory. They killed off four one-minute penalties to keep the Crimson ahead 3-1 at the end of the third quarter. Both teams matched goals during a busy fourth quarter but Morristown-Beard never relinquished the lead.

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Sophomore Matt Sefcik stands tall in the goal for Morristown-Beard on Friday. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“I think the ball was in our zone a lot more than usual,’’ Sefcik said. “But when they were shooting, all of their shots were from 12 yards out so it was making my life a lot easier.’’

Although he was a freshman last year, Sefcik was a starter for most of the season. He missed that matchup between the Crimson and the Colonials and he had been looking forward to the rivalry game all year.

“This is definitely a game I wanted to win because last year I didn’t get to play in this game and we got smoked by them,’’ Sefcik said. “It was definitely a redemption game. … I was struggling then so our coach pulled me for a couple of games. This was one of those games where I really wanted to get back in and win for our team.’’

Morristown-Beard’s new coach Sal Tremonda, was a defensive assistant for years at Madison High. The Crimson have predominantly young long sticks, so they recently installed a zone defense. Friday’s result was impressive. The Colonials had the ball for long stretches and moved the ball around but had difficulty finding openings to take effective shots.

“When coach Tremonda came in we were a little nervous,’’ Sefcik said. “We had heard some things. He was a very hard worker and hard conditioner. We didn’t know how this was going to be but I love having him here. He’s a defensive guy. We knew coming into the season that defense was our weak point. They stepped it up because he has helped us out so much.’’

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Trevor Baptiste’s face-off wins loomed large in the fourth quarter for Morristown-Beard. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

It was a close contest for most of the game. First-quarter goals by Callahan and Trevor Baptiste helped Morristown-Beard to a 2-0 halftime lead. A score by the Colonials Bradley Greik early in the third period was matched by Callahan late in the third. In between Morristown-Beard had to kill off four slashing penalties that could have easily given Morristown High an edge.

“We’re starting three sophomores on close defense, Connor (Cairoli), Tim (Sanford) and (Matt) Reilly,’’ Seficik said. “The experience isn’t there yet. That (penalties) is going to come with swinging sticks a little bit too much. We work on man-up, man-down so much in practice. Our man-up (team) is really good, they take it too us and it really helps us when we get into the real games.’’

Twice early in the fourth quarter, Morristown High cut into Morristown Beard’s lead to make it a one-goal margin but the Crimson always responded. The most dramatic answer came early in the period. A Delargy score with 7:06 remaining made it a 3-2 game. Nine seconds later, Morristown-Beard finished off a transition goal when Baptiste won the faceoff and passed it to Hatfield who fed Callahan for a transition goal nine seconds later.

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Morristown-Beard’s Teddy Hatfield launches a shot during first half action. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“Callahan is my worst nightmare in practice,’’ Sefcik said. “He rips me apart in practice. It’s very scary how fast he shoots. It prepares me for when we play really good shooters.’’

Morristown-Beard didn’t pull away until the final four minutes when it scored three of the last four goals. Two of them were by Hatfield, who is a very deceptive scorer.

“He has some of the best hands I have ever seen on a sophomore,’’ Sefcik said. “He doesn’t miss the net a lot. He definitely works me with hard shots in practice. He also helps me with not biting on (fakes) so much. He’s shifty. I’ve been playing with him since sixth grade so I know most of his moves by now. He is a nice asset to have on a team.’’

The future looks bright for the Crimson where sophomores outnumber seniors 10-5. It seems that they can only get better as the young players get accustomed to playing on the varsity level.

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Morristown’s Joe Murphy (23) and Morristown-Beard’s Matt Reilly (55) battle for the ball. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Morris County results

Madison 14, Millburn 7

The Dodgers led 8-2 at the half. Madison improves its record to 8-4.

Boonton 9, West Milford 8

Derek Zacateco had a hat trick, Nick Laurick scored twice and Ian Taylor had a goal and four assists for the Bombers (4-4).

North Warren 16, Morris Hills 4

Eric Turner scored twice for the Scarlet Knights (6-5).

Girls Lacrosse

Chelsea Artigliere connected with 39 seconds left in double overtime to lift Roxbury to a 13-12 triumph over Montville in girls lacrosse action on Friday.

The Gaels have won six one-goal games this year. Joelle Manganella had four goals and four assists for Roxbury (8-3). Abby Haimson had six goals and three assists and Ashley Bello, Nicolette Dvoretsky and Brooke Rose scored two goals apiece for the Mustangs (7-4).

Madison 18, Governor Livingston 8

Molly Fishter scored five goals to lift the Dodgers. Ali Jago added four goals and Michelle Montagna had a hat trick for Madison (10-2).

Pequannock 19, Mount Olive 9

Ashley Tachon had seven goals and one assist and Jess Rigoglioso had five goals and two assists for the Golden Panthers (5-6). Sara McEvoy and Francesca Verrone scored four goals apiece for the Marauders (3-8).

Kent Place 14, Morris Knolls 13

Jaime Chapman and Haleigh Schroth scored five goals apiece for the Golden Eagles.

Indian Hills 11, Morris Catholic 7

The Crusaders drop to 5-7 on the season.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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